Hm: Days before the election, trouble in the Northeast for Democrats

posted at 10:01 pm on October 30, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

It is a strange cycle, with Georgia at times seemingly more in trouble than Colorado or Iowa. Nonetheless, it’s interesting to see Democrats stumble in the Northeast just days before the election— a bit of a bellwether, or at the very least, motivation for Republican voters across the country.

Last night, we dealt with two trouncings in New York— one for a Republican incumbent, but the other in a district evacuated by a Democrat.

First up, Martha Coakley, the erstwhile terrible opponent of Sen. Scott Brown is managing to crash and burn again in Massachusetts, running for governor this time:

Charlie Baker maintains a 7 percentage point lead in the race for governor in the final Boston Globe poll before Tuesday’s election, suggesting that the Republican is in a strong position to win the election over Democratic rival Martha Coakley.

Forty-four percent of likely voters say they support Baker, a former health care executive and state Cabinet official, while 37 percent say they intend to cast their vote for Coakley, the sitting Massachusetts attorney general.

Eleven percent of the electorate remains undecided, according to the survey. The independent candidates in the race — Evan Falchuk, Scott Lively, and Jeff McCormick — together draw 7 percent of the vote.

“Unless there’s a dramatic change of events . . . this looks very solid for Baker,” said Globe pollster John Della Volpe.

Meanwhile in New Hampshire, Coakley’s erstwhile decent politician opponent Brown is within margin-of-error striking distance of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, though that race is still considered a long(ish)shot. Here Shaheen is struggling to bother coming up with an answer about her support for a carbon tax:

Though Brown had stumbles of his own, and one that may speak to voters’ doubts about him.

Desperation, Northeastern Rep. Charlie Rangel is thy name.

Veteran Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) had some harsh words for the Republican Party during a Thursday campaign rally for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

As he has done repeatedly before, Rangel compared some members of the GOP to confederates from the Civil War era. But at the Thursday evening event, he added that they “believe slavery isn’t over.”

“We have to win. We have to be able to send a national message with Andrew Cuomo. And the thing is everything we believe in —everything we believe in — they hate. They don’t disagree — they hate! They think if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn’t even make it. Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and they and think they won the Civil War!” Rangel shouted.

In contrast, Rangel said the Democratic Party was doing “God’s work” on issues important to the American people.

From the mouths of tax cheats.

And, the president is campaigning in Maine—one of few places that he might not be as much of a liabilty—in a close race to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage, and he’s avoiding the hell out of Kaci Hickox.

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Why else do you think they have enlisted Georgie Stepinpoopoolus?

FlaMurph on October 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Didn’t anyone even understand Rangel, the man had marbles surgically implanted in his mouth.

Bishop on October 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

I’m not sure who Rangel’s “THEY” are, but the Republican were on the winning side of the Civil War………

Just saying.

CableDude on October 30, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Divide and conquer. It’s the Marxist way.

John the Libertarian on October 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Why do they keep nominating Marcia Coakley?

forest on October 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Gimme them keys back Marcy

Privatize It on October 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Voted today, absentee (I’m going out of town next Monday.)
I have a shot at a Republican Governor, AND a Republican Congressman(Go, Rich Tisei!)

I’m hopeful for a good day, Tuesday…

massrighty on October 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Dear idyot voters. Wake up. Stop watching the Lardasians and vote for the good of the country. Don’t vote for handouts, you leaches.

SpongePuppy on October 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

How twisted is this “logic” from Bubba Clinton? This is his rationale to reject Republicans.

from Business Insider:

Former President Bill Clinton claimed on Thursday that one of the main reasons Republicans are expected to perform so strongly in the upcoming midterm elections is their willingness to capitalize on the lingering effects of the 2008 economic recession.

“Here’s the important thing. As a nation we’re back to ground zero, we’re back to where we were. We got all of our jobs back,” Clinton declared at an endorsement event for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

However, after ticking off quarterly growth statistics, Clinton said, “People don’t feel it yet.”

Clinton said the Republican Party realizes this is “their last time” to press a message of economic gloom and doom.

“We are now in the position to define how we’re going forward. And the reason all these elections all over the [country] are being so hotly contested is that our friends in the other party think that this their last time to cash in on the misery of the American people,” he argued.

onlineanalyst on October 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

But! But! Yourpalfish or gregthebunny said Shaheen is up by like, 9! Obama universally hated and Shaheen up 9! Yeah!

Judge_Dredd on October 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

I have a shot at a Republican Governor, AND a Republican Congressman(Go, Rich Tisei!)

I’m hopeful for a good day, Tuesday…

massrighty on October 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

THAT would be a Massachusetts Miracle! Don’t stop believing!!!

My fingers are crossed for you to have a GREAT DAY on Tuesday!!!

Alas, here in California we used up all of our miracle chips last night when the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. Go Giants!!!

wren on October 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Funny how Scott Brown is a carpetbagger never caught fire.

Happy Nomad on October 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

I have a shot at a Republican Governor, AND a Republican Congressman(Go, Rich Tisei!)

I’m hopeful for a good day, Tuesday…

massrighty on October 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Baker looks to be just about a lock. Tisei seems to have a slight lead there. It should be interesting. :)

GOPRanknFile on October 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

President Obama didn’t even take a moment to call the Giants’ organization and congratulate them for their World Series win. He also snubbed the Cardinals when they won the series. Do YOU have a problem with America’s Pastime Mr. President?

What a putz!

Rovin on October 30, 2014 at 10:42 PM

House races.

MA GOP may win two sears. Tisei in MA06. And you heard it hear first, upset special, Chapman wins MA10.

OF courst NH has two winnable seats. But in Miane, ME02, it looks like Poliquin can steal a seat.

RI has a young Chinese-American GOP candidate, who is the son of Hong Kong immigrants. He might win RI governor’s race.

Foley in CT.

Yeah, there could be lots of RED in NE. But… posters around here are not going to like their brand of conservatism.

swamp_yankee on October 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

‘heard it here’ hate texting on my phone.

swamp_yankee on October 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM

“They don’t disagree — they hate! They think if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, you didn’t even make it. Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and they and think they won the Civil War!” Rangel shouted.”

That is quite a spew of hatred.

Is he getting out the vote or inciting to riot?

Meremortal on October 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Jeanne Shaheen is 67 – time to retire her old ass…..

redguy on October 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Is he (Rangel) getting out the vote or inciting to riot?

Meremortal on October 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Sharpton is doing the same for four days in Ferguson, MO.

Holder has called for a grand jury to determine civil rights abuses by Zimmerman.

The whole election enchilada is being stoked as a race issue by the usual suspects.

onlineanalyst on October 30, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Just give me the “Franken in trouble” thread and I’ll be happy. Not fair that everywhere else gets to experience these little thrills.

Buddahpundit on October 30, 2014 at 11:04 PM

If I said Charlie Rangel was a slimy piece of excrement would that be too nice?

Closet Optimist on October 30, 2014 at 11:43 PM

I know there’s going to be tepid results from whoever gets elected in the Northeast.

The Nerve on October 31, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Not sure why you are attacking Scott Brown. His answer was exactly right, and the moderator was trying to Candy Crowley him. His answer about the Ski issues in Sullivan Country was also right, and is one of the major issues in the area. I live in Boston, so i should know.

The so-called biased liberal democrat reporter who tried to tropedo him has apologized on twitter, and even put out this video.
http://www.wmur.com/news/debate-panelist-reflects-on-exchange/29448268

He already played his part though, by trying to establish and put it in the minds of the voters that Scott Brown is not from NH in the final debate. That question sounded planted, and was only there to get Brown in trouble. He still got it right, but this guy had to do this.

I was you guys to correct the record and not help propagate this nonsense. Scott Brown was awesome in this debate. Don’t let liberals smear him.

Chudi on October 31, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Happy Nomad on October 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

And that’s funny because he quite literally is a carpet bagger, NH must really hate Shaheen if they think the “masshole” is better then her.

MWC_RS on October 31, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Rangel lost whatever respect his service might’ve earned him a long time ago.

MWC_RS on October 31, 2014 at 12:29 AM

In this latest poll Paul LePage had a 10 pt. lead, so its not a “close race” unless Cutler’s support melts away and goes to Michaud ( I don’t think it will)

MWC_RS on October 31, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Note to Charlie (and others): Those Confederates were Democrats!

Another Drew on October 31, 2014 at 12:37 AM

God’s work….aborting babies?

rubberneck on October 31, 2014 at 12:56 AM

I’m not sure who Rangel’s “THEY” are, but the Republican were on the winning side of the Civil War………

Just saying.

CableDude on October 30, 2014 at 10:14 PM

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So ? … You’re a racist for pointing that out, ya’ RACIST !

listens2glenn on October 31, 2014 at 1:36 AM

Not sure why you are attacking Scott Brown. His answer was exactly right, and the moderator was trying to Candy Crowley him. His answer about the Ski issues in Sullivan Country was also right, and is one of the major issues in the area. I live in Boston, so i should know.

The so-called biased liberal democrat reporter who tried to tropedo him has apologized on twitter, and even put out this video.
http://www.wmur.com/news/debate-panelist-reflects-on-exchange/29448268

He already played his part though, by trying to establish and put it in the minds of the voters that Scott Brown is not from NH in the final debate. That question sounded planted, and was only there to get Brown in trouble. He still got it right, but this guy had to do this.

I was you guys to correct the record and not help propagate this nonsense. Scott Brown was awesome in this debate. Don’t let liberals smear him.

Chudi on October 31, 2014 at 12:21 AM

Luckily I didn’t miss your comment while glancing through them! I was irked when I saw that sentence. At the very least, this post needs to be updated.

joana on October 31, 2014 at 1:39 AM

If I said Charlie Rangel was a slimy piece of excrement would that be too nice?

Closet Optimist on October 30, 2014 at 11:43 PM

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Oh c’mon now, that’s just mean. Charlie Rangel is a fellow citizen of these United States, who has a political ideology that’s worth less than the dog (expletive) on the bottom of my shoe.

listens2glenn on October 31, 2014 at 1:42 AM

Shaheen is a fascist.

I guess that means she’ll only win by 5 in the so-called “Live Free or Die” State.

Ted the Average on October 31, 2014 at 6:04 AM

“Marsha” Coakley is a horrible candidate, so why do they keep running her?

ConstantineXI on October 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and they and think they won the Civil War!” Rangel shouted.

Isn’t it about the time that (the very strangely missing) Joe Biden comes out and screams to the black community–“Da’s gonna put ya’ll in chains” again?

Don L on October 31, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and they and think they won the Civil War!” Rangel shouted.

Are those racist school textbooks still claiming that Republican Abraham Lincoln won the Civil war and ended slavery? No wonder progressives like Charly Rangel think the history books need to be rewritten so children won’t get the wrong kind of correct information./s

KW64 on October 31, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Funny how Scott Brown is a carpetbagger never caught fire.

Happy Nomad on October 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Not really true. He’s owned a vacation home in NH for many years. It’s not like he just decided to drop in just time for the election, like say…. Hillary Clinton in NY.

307wolverine on October 31, 2014 at 9:46 AM

If Brown loses & Ernst loses it’s gonna be a bad night for Republicans

LurkerDood on November 1, 2014 at 11:27 AM